Used by physiotherapists and Australian Olympic athletes since 1988
A fully adjustable, robust and very versatile TENS, EMS and ECS medical device
SportsMed PRO Intended purpose
SportsMed PRO may be used to help with pain relief, injury repair and rehabilitation of the following types of (diagnosed) musculoskeletal injuries:
- Bruising (contusion, haematoma)
- Bursitis (inflammation of bursa)
- Contracture (fasciitis)
- Delayed onset muscle soreness
- Dislocation (subluxation)
- Fracture (with soft tissue damage)
- Ligament sprain (over-stretch tear)
- Muscle strain (tear)
- Nerve compression (pinched nerve)
- Neuralgia (damaged nerve)
- Oedema (excess fluid, effusion)
- Painful stiffness (adhesive capsulitis)
- Slipped disc
- Tendonitis (inflammation of tendon)
- Tendon strain (tear)
- Tenosynovitis (peritendinitis, inflammation of the synovial sheath)
Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) listing number #174871
Modes and Controls
For the benefit of physiotherapists, sports medicine practitioners and other professionals, we summarize the SportsMed PRO operating modes and settings.
Other customers are advised to seek medical diagnosis and use SportsMed PRO as part of an injury recovery plan developed by their healthcare provider.
Mode is determined by the combination of two settings:
- RELIEVE versus EXERCISE
- CONSTANT versus MODULATED
RELIEVE versus EXERCISE setting
Use the RELIEVE setting for pain relief, relaxation and early stage injury repair
Use EXERCISE setting for later stage injury repair, circulation and muscle strengthening.
Constant versus Modulated setting
Modulated mode set to High frequency actually oscillates between High and Low frequency, thus achieving maximum pain relief benefits - pain-gating mixed with beta-endorphin release.
Use the MODULATED setting for:
- Chronic pain
- Release of tension
- Early stage injury recovery
Use the CONSTANT setting for:
- Acute pain
- Later stage injury recovery
- Muscle strengthening options
Pulse intensity is the strength of the electrical pulses. The stronger the stimulation the further the electrical signals can reach within the body and the more nerves and cell membranes are activated.
The effectiveness of TENS therapy is highly dependent upon DOSE which is a function of intensity and time.
- Pain Relief - start with a low intensity; a setting between 1.5 and 2.5.
- Stronger Pain Relief - turn up the intensity to moderate or strong, so long as the sensation remains comfortable; a setting between 2.5 and 3.0.
- Using an intensity higher than this has no additional pain relieving benefit and may potentially cause aggravation to the injured area.
- For cellular activity and commencement of the recovery process, a very low intensity is adequate, between 1.0 and 2.0.
The intensity must be sufficient to cause the muscles to contract.
- Intensity controls the strength of each contraction. Once the intensity is set every contraction will be of the same strength
- For repair, set the dial for the mildest of muscle contractions
- For muscle development set the dial to a comfortable level, while still causing the muscle to work (i.e. contract)
As progress is made, the intensity may be increased - but never to the point of discomfort. Everyone is different and not all athletes will need to use the upper end of the dial.
- A low pulse frequency will cause the release of beta-endorphin, for longer lasting pain relief and a feeling of well-being
- A high pulse frequency will provide the pain-gating or "blocking" effect for immediate pain relief
- Low pulse frequency stimulates involuntary (visceral) muscles
- High pulse frequency stimulates voluntary (skeletal) muscles
SportsMed PRO treatment guide
|Pain relief / relaxation||Modulated and Relieve||Low||Minimum 60 minutes||Low|
|Pain management||Constant and Relieve||Low to medium||20 to 30 minutes||High|
|Pain management||Modulated and Relieve||Low to medium||Minimum 60 minutes||High|
|Healing||Modulated & Exercise; 6 sec ON, 12 sec OFF||Medium||5–15 min; 3 per day||Medium to high|
|Healing||Constant & Exercise; 6 sec ON, 12 sec OFF||Low to medium||5–15 min; 3 per day||High|
|Rehabilitation||Constant & Exercise; 6 sec ON, 12 sec OFF||Medium||20–30 min; daily||High|
|Strength||Constant & Exercise; 12 sec ON, 24 sec OFF||Medium to high||20-30 min; 3 per week||High|
|On RELIEVE mode – muscles should NOT contract or twitch|
|On EXERCISE mode – muscles should contract, mildly or strongly – as required|